My first encounter with pink guava is at a friend’s house. She served nicely diced pieces of pink guava topped with fresh ground black pepper and salt. Seeing the pink color of guava for the first time, I thought the guava has been rotten….but seeing everyone relishing without complaining I slowly asked her…why the color of this guava is pink? With a smile she replied it is a variety in guava and it will taste as good as the white ones. Trusting her I took a piece….it was good but not as tasty as the white ones, may be because I grew up eating white guavas and it is my favorite fruit.
Until recently whenever there were pink guavas at home, only my husband is the one who use to eat them. Recently a short road trip to Mahabalipuram, we picked up fresh guavas from a road side vendor. Coming home, when I cut them I found all the guavas are pink inside. Wondering what to do with these many guavas I ended up juicing them. I love juices and I can try juice of any fruit which I don’t feel like eating raw.
For me juice is the next best thing which can be made with a fruit when you are not eating it raw. So without any minute going waste I made this guava juice. To subdue the assertive flavour of these pink guavas I added lemon juice and spiced it with chat masala. Sparkling water has bought in necessary fizz in the drink. Overall a perfect drink when you are in a mood of something different, spicy, sweet and tangy.
Guava Agua Fresca
- 2 medium sized ripe pink Guavas
- 4 tbsp. Sugar
- 3 tbsp. Lemon juice
- ¼ tbsp. Chat Masala
- 200 ml Sparkling water
- 4-6 Ice cubes
- fresh Mint leaves, garnish
- Cut the guavas into half and scoop the flesh out. Add this to a blender and blend until smooth by adding 1½ cups of water. Strain and add sugar.
- Stir until sugar melts. Add in lemon juice and chat masala.Stir and strain.
- Add ice cubes to serving glasses and fill the glasses up to half with above made guava juice. Add in sparkling water and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve chilled!
- Add love to make this drink taste ‘Yummy’.
- You can use plain water instead of sparkling water. You can skip lemon if you don’t like that tang in the recipe.
- If you can get hold of fresh strawberries then you can add few for taste.
Raising awareness of pink ribbon, we choose ‘Pink’ as our theme for the month for our ‘Bloggers Monthly Fiesta’….Here are some more pink recipes from the members of the group…